IDW Publishing to Release '30 Days of Night,' 'Kill Shakespeare' Games

Indie comic publisher teams with Pandasaurus Games to launch new tabletop gaming division.
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There's apparently something in the water -- just a week after Dynamite Entertainment announced that it was launching Dynamite Toys and Games to offer merchandise based on its comic line, now San Diego-based IDW Publishing has announced its own spin-off company, IDW Games -- a partnership with Pandasaurus Games to bring IDW properties to playable life.

"With all of the great properties we publish, it seemed natural that a lot of them would make fantastic games," IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams said about the new company. "We’ve found the perfect partner in Pandasaurus Games to help us make that happen." Pandasaurus' Founder and President Nathan McNair said that his company "can't wait to help bring these worlds to life for gamers everywhere," adding that Pandasaurus is "thrilled to be working with the talented team at IDW."

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The first two IDW titles to be given the game treatment are Kill Shakespeare (ironically, a comic originally conceived by creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery as a video game) and Steve Niles' vampire horror 30 Days of Night, both of which will be released as table-top games in Spring 2014. "This is a very strong pair of games to launch right out of the gate," said IDW's New Business Development Director Jerry Bennington. "Over the next few months we'll be making more major announcements that should have the gaming community buzzing."